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Congrats!! Great Job!

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men,

As the school year (2013) comes to end, I hope that you reflect on the work that you have done this year.  You faced obstacles, time restraints, family issues, problems with friends, and many more issues, but you made it.  Are you proud of yourself?  You should be.  You did it!

For those of you who are graduating, I want to personally congratulate you for your hard work and perseverance.  As you move into the next phase of your life, remember to always set a new goal for yourself.  Make a plan of success. Find a mentor.  Find someone who you can be accountable to and who will talk to you on weekly or monthly basis to ensure that you stay on track towards you dreams and goal.

As always, I want you to know that I love you and I am praying for you.

Leave a comment and let us know what your next educational or career goal will be.

Do You Know How to Cook?

Dear Young Ladies and Gentleman,

When I was a kid I spent time cooking with my Mom and Dad.  It was a great time for bonding and it allowed me the opportunity to learn to cook the foods that I enjoy without having to rely on anyone else.

In today’s fast food society, it is even more important that you learn to cook.  Knowing how to cook will be helpful in college, when you move out on your own, and when you start families of your own.  If you want to understand and control your diet, it is a good idea to learn how to cook and prepare your own meals.  Also, do not be afraid to experiment with spices and seasonings.

Also, for those of you who enjoy science, cooking can help you to understand chemistry.  Chemistry and cooking are alike in that you learn quickly which foods, spices, fruits and vegetables can and cannot be paired together and why.  Some foods are alkaline and some foods are acidic.  Understanding food and learning to blend foods and spices can be fun and educational. Cooking is fun and has scientific appeal that everyone can enjoy.

Ask an adult to allow you to help them cook. If you are a young person who knows how to cook, leave a comment about who taught you how to cook. Also, tell me if you think that it’s important to know how to cook.

Remember, I love you and I am praying for you.

 

Your Future Is Calling YOU!

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men:

I sincerely hope that life and your relationships have been treating you well. This week, I had the opportunity to spend time with some talented and beautiful young people. To me they have all the potential in the world to be successful.

Being in the presence of those young people inspired me to write this week’s letter. This week’s letter can be summed up in this quote:

“In your life as young people make decisions based on your futures and not just on your current situations.”

I think that you all will understand this quote perfectly, but feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think it means……or what this quote means to you personally.

Remember that I love you and that I am always praying for you.

Don’t forget to DREAM…..

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men,

This week my letter to you all is simple.  No matter what life brings your way, NEVER stop dreaming.  Dreaming can increase your sense of hope and hope can give you the strength to work toward your goal(s).

Feel free to leave a comment and share one thing that you dream about.

As always, remember that I love you and that I am always praying for you.

 

Loyalty

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men:

I hope that your lives and school have been going well. I hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

This week I want to speak to you all about loyalty. Loyalty is the ability to be faithful to someone or something. I want to encourage you all to develop your ability to be faithful. If you believe in God, then show allegiance to your faith and live accordingly. If you are a friend to someone, be sure to be the kind of friend that you would want someone to be to you. Tell your friends the truth, be kind, supportive, and be a stable force in their lives no matter what they may go through. When you give your word to a friend about something be sure to keep it. In life, I have had five friends that have been loyal to me and they have made the rough times in my life bearable.

I must admit there have been times in life when being loyal to someone may be difficult. For instance, when I was in high school there were kids who were unpopular. If I saw someone picking on an unpopular kid, I would say something to make that bully stop because I was popular in high school. In high school and even today, I do not care if other people do not associate with someone because they are considered un-cool. If I wanted to befriend someone I would do so, and I was loyal to our friendship no matter the cost.

As always, remember that I love you and I am always praying for you.

Are you a loyal friend? How does being a loyal friend make your feel? If you are not loyal, would you like to learn to be? I want to hear from you. Please leave a comment.

Do You Show Your Emotions?

Dear Young Men:

A JWJ reader suggested that I focus more blogs on young men.  I must admit at first, I felt that I was not qualified for this job as a woman, but after thinking about it long and hard, I have decided to accept the challenge.

This week I would like to discuss a taboo topic for boys and young men…….E-M-O-T-I-O-N-S.

In our society, from boyhood to manhood, men are told that they should hide their emotions.  Often times, men suppress their feelings.  After feelings have been suppressed for a long time, the person suppressing those feelings could become a “boiling pot” and begin to become so heated and angry that they do something harmful to themselves or others.

If you or someone that you know has a problem with showing emotions, please talk to someone that you trust about this issue.  I suggest talking to someone who is a older and wiser than you are and who is mature enough to understand that “all people” regardless of gender deserve the opportunity to express their feelings.  Just know that showing your emotions does not make you soft, weak, or any less of a young man.  In truth, showing your emotions will make you a better person, a better son, a better brother, and a better friend.

If you would like to discuss your feelings or talk about why you do not share your feelings, feel free to drop a line to me. Also, if you do not know how to listen to your emotions and determine how you feel about things, I want to hear from you.

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